Atari officially reveals the Atari VCS at GDC

atari vcs console

Atari has been planning a new retro-inspired console. And today during GDC, the gaming company has officially introduced the Atari VCS (previously known as the Ataribox). In addition, the Classic Joystick and the Modern Controller prototypes are also revealed, showing off the past and the present. There will be an exclusive pre-order date for the Atari VCS in April of 2018.

The hardware design is inspired by the Atari 2600 silhouette. The Atari VCS isn’t just a “retro-box,” and it’s described as a “new Atari connected device designed for today’s living room.”

The Atari VCS logo definitely brings back both the past and the present. And the VCS part really screams ’70s and ’80s gaming!

“Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are,” explained Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices. “With the Atari VCS name, we know how important it is to get everything completely right and that’s why we briefly paused an imminent launch late last year. It was a difficult decision with the countdown underway, but we weren’t willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. We hope that Atari’s fans appreciate our extreme attention to detail and are as excited about the Atari VCS as we are.”

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